Robbie Williams Performs Tributes to Delta Goodrem and Shane Warne Before the Afl Grand Final, but Not Kylie Minogue.
During a jam-packed pre-match musical performance, British musician Robbie Williams included a tribute to cricket icon Shane Warne, bagpipes, and glittering disco balls.
In front of tens of thousands of fans who were getting ready for the 2022 AFL grand final between Geelong and Sydney, Williams was joined by Delta Goodrem.
Back in July, Williams announced that he was “so pleased” to be performing at the MCG. At the time, he had already been confirmed as the headline artist for the event.
He and the AFL had teased a star-studded line-up for the rest of the final’s entertainment, which in the weeks preceding up to the game led to rumours that he might be joined by Kylie Minogue. However, it turned out that Kylie Minogue would not be performing at the final.
It was announced on Thursday that Goodrem, another indigenous pop sensation, would be joining him on stage during the performance.
Following Uncle Colin Hunter Jr.’s introduction of the event as “Welcome to Country,” the first musical performance of the day was undoubtedly Mike Brady’s rendition of “Up There Cazaly.”
Without him, there couldn’t even be a championship game at the ‘G.
Williams began his set atop a gold pedestal that gradually sank to the ground level while he was dressed in a hot pink outfit.
He made his way to the stage in the centre of the ‘G’ when he was performing his hit song Let Me Entertain You. He was flanked by dancers who were dressed in gold.
Robbie Williams covering John Farnham.
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Williams and his spandex-covered dancers were able to dominate the audience in spite of a few small technical issues, such as some backup singers not having their microphones on during a call-and-response introduction to Rock DJ.
Williams promised the audience that they would get through the “obligatory new song” together before playing the track Lost (XXV) from his newest album.
Following a stirring performance of “Feel,” he paid tribute to cricketer Shane Warne, who passed away suddenly last year, by dedicating the following song, “Angels.”
Williams expressed his affection for his friend Warney, whom he referred to as “one of Australia’s finest rockstars.” Williams said, “Love you Warney.”
It was the second time in this year that a rendition of the song rang out across the ‘G. Earlier this year, Williams dedicated a video performance of the song to Warne during his state burial. This time around, the song rang out across the ‘G for the first time.
He then sang a cover of John Farnham’s song “You’re the Voice,” which he referred to as the “unofficial national anthem of Australia.” This was yet another homage to Australiana.
As old photographs of Farnsy flooded the screen, a bagpipe band joined the chorus that was already playing.
In the year 2000, he performed the smash duet “Kids” with Kylie Minogue, and he invited Delta Goodrem to join him on stage for a performance of the song.
Goodrem was able to hold her own throughout the performance of the song that put an end to the rumours that she was indeed Kylie. She did this while wearing a dazzling hot pink jumpsuit that was even more eye-catching than Williams’ own getup.
From that point on, everyone’s attention was focused on the actual event, and the suspense increased as the referees and umpires approached the field, the ball was passed out, and the teams made their way onto the sacred turf.
Katie Noonan, winner of the ARIA award, took the stage to sing the national anthem after Premiership Cup Ambassador Bachar Houli presented the 2022 Premiership Cup to the recipient.